Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

From a pair of supple suede desert boots to a pair of light-lensed sunglasses, these seasonal essentials are the latest worthy additions to your wardrobe

Spring brings with it a whole season of challenges. But, from the calendar-mandated cleaning sprees to the mood-dampening April showers, nothing presents more problems than the ever-changing weather.

One minute, you’re shivering your way through a brisk morning walk; the next, you’re sitting in your home office with two desk fans on full blast and the windows wide open. It makes no sense. And your wardrobe probably isn’t helping — a season-merging mess of winter coats, summer shirts and light-but-not-too-light jackets. 

But we’ve got good news. Even if you want to completely re-style your spring wardrobe, you don’t have to spend the earth. Instead, you can invest in a capsule of considered, versatile clothing — threads that work as well on balmy May days as they do in the depths of March. Below, we’ve rounded up the five all-rounders you should be relying on for the several months to come…

An overshirt is the perfect answer to spring outerwear

Let’s start your overhaul with an overshirt. Summer’s answer to a winter coat — and winter’s answer to a summer shirt — the humble, functional overshirt has emerged as a style favourite over the past few years. And we can see why. It’s perfect for layering, spans casual and formal style and comes crafted in materials from linen to corduroy.

In particular, we’d suggest adding Percival’s green cord offering to your work-from-home look, a piece that adds texture to your Zoom-appropriate workwear. From A Day’s March, this twill herringbone option is screaming to be shrugged on over a t-shirt for an off-duty look. And this slate grey overshirt from L’Estrange is the ideal alternative to a jacket as the temperatures rise.

Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

A Day’s March Herringbone Overshirt

£110

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Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

L’Estrange Slate Grey 24 Overshirt

£135

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Suede desert boots were made for springtime

We have a love/hate relationship with suede. The napped leather is undoubtedly swish — not as try-hard as high-shine leather, but casual enough to wear on the weekends. But, expose your suede boots to winter weather, and these subtly-textured kicks will soon turn ugly; marking and staining to the point of ruin.

That’s why we must wait until milder spring to lace up suede shoes. And desert boots, with their ankle support and versatile style, are the ideal choices. From Crockett & Jones, these Chilterns boast Dainite soles for toughness. Edward Green’s Banburys are cut in a striking army green shade. And Church’s Ryder 3s have a Goodyear construction — allowing you to wear them for many springs to come.

Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

Crockett & Jones Chiltern Boots

£355

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Edward Green Banbury Boots

£1150

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Church’s Ryder 3 Boots

£380

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Pull on a pair of chinos for simple, seasonal style

Everyone should own a pair of go-to chinos. Whether you’re heading to a fine-dining dinner, a casual coffee or a walk in the countryside, they’ll do the job handsomely — and need a fraction of the upkeep your other cords or cashmere-blend trousers demand. This spring, jump into the preppy style, and pull on a pair yourself.

From kings of prep, these twill chinos are Ralph Lauren’s slim-fit, contemporary-cut best. Hackett has brought its inimitable brand of smart-casual to the table with tapered lightweight trousers. And New & Lingwood are offering a pair of stretch-cotton chinos that will pair as well with a simple T-shirt and sneakers as they will with a pressed Oxford and brogues.

Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

Ralph Lauren Stretch-Cotton Twill Chinos

£125

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Hackett Lightweight Wool Chinos

£140

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New & Lingwood Navy Brushed Twill Trousers

£240

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A mid-weight jumper is the perfect layering piece

With months of winter already under your belt, you probably feel so at home in your jumper that you’re loathed to take it off. But, before you bundle it back into your wardrobe, hear us out. The winter weather may be over, but your knitwear has its own irreplaceable part to play in your spring wardrobe, too.

Just take this raglan jumper from Hemingsworth, ideal as a replacement for your jacket on a warmer day and cut in a lighter, brighter colour that signals spring. Or Artknit Studios’ silk cotton sweater, that will add another layer to your work-at-home wardrobe. Alternatively, for a more formal spin, try out Aurélien’s Extrafine Merino V-Neck to ease yourself back into smart office style. 

Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

Hemingsworth Raglan Sweatshirt

£135

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Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

Artknit Studios Silk Cotton Sweater

£137

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Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

Aurélien Extrafine Merino V-Neck

£106

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A pair of sunglasses still has a place in spring

Ignore the naysayers; sunglasses aren’t just for summer — they have a place in your pocket all year round. Have you ever tried driving on a cold, bright winter morning? If so, you’ll know that a pair of sunglasses are just as important then as they are during your annual summer sojourn to the beach. And the same goes for spring.

We’d suggest adding a mid-lensed pair to your collection for these middling months. Something like Oscar Deen’s ‘Carril’ sunglasses, with vaguely tortoiseshell frames. For a brighter take on the iconic pattern, look no further than The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear ‘Lapel’ design. Or, to keep that wintry, frosty feel going through your eyewear, Monc’s ‘Monti’ sunglasses are ice cool.

Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

Oscar Deen Carril Sunglasses

£130

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Spruce up your spring style with these 5 versatile essentials

The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Lapel Sunglasses

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